Lessons Learnt From Being On The Bottom

Lessons Learnt From Being On The Bottom

In jiu-jitsu we are taught to lose our instinct to panic.  It’s probably the first and most-important lesson white belts learn; how to be calm under pressure. No one wants to be or be with the dreaded spazzing training partner.  One way or another, by the time you progress out of this stage, you will learn how to be calm on the bottom. This gives you reassurance when in the disadvantageous posi...
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Less Than Technical White Belt Advice

A really motivated, young guy named Andrew asked me what I wish I knew before I started training. I thought for a second and told him a few things, but I continued to think about the question in the car home and later.
Nick C
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Welcoming Back Those Who Have Been Away

Welcoming Back Those Who Have Been Away
Welcoming people back into the gym should be a celebration.  As you see some familiar faces show back up, try to be the one that welcomes them back.
Nick C
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Your Attitude Sucks, Not Your Jiu-Jitsu

Periods of frustration and growth plateaus are part of the natural ebb and flow of Jiu-Jitsu. Growth occurs on the mats when we work just beyond the limits of our capabilities. 
Joseph Hannan
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How to Stop Obsessing Over Promotions

Working hard does not mean you deserve a promotion. High potency of effort in Jiu Jitsu is not the exception. It’s the norm. 
Joseph Hannan
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Tomi's T-Shirt: The Story of One Boy's Goal to Help No Kid Hungry

My nephew and I designed a special t-shirt, to sell and donate the proceeds to charity. After a brief talk about what charity options there were, he chose helping feed hungry kids.
Nelson Puentes
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What to do When You Feel Like Quitting

When you're training jiu-jitsu there will be inevitable setbacks that will make you want to quit. Joe Hannan makes a case for why you should quit, and it's not what you think.
Joseph Hannan
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Show us your Panda Gear!

Show us your Panda Gear!
Roll into the new year with some pristine grappling wear packed into a custom panda backpack by entering our photo contest! 
Nelson Puentes
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Meet The Pandas -- Olympic Judo’s ‘Jiu-Jitsu Kid’ -- Ryan Lakea Vargas

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of the Panda Nation. This month, we’d like you to meet Ryan Lakea Vargas. At 22, Vargas is a jiu-jitsu brown belt and judo black belt. He’ll be heading to the Olympics in 2021,...
Joseph Hannan
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Exiting the Downward Spiral

Jiu-jitsu is a game of ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. Getting yourself out of a down period is all about mindset and details. You can’t avoid them but having a game plan to tackle them can help get yo...
Nick C
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5 things good training partners always do

Good training partners don’t behave recklessly, like the subject of this story. They train to win, to improve, to grow, but not to injure. There are also some other qualities that I think make for ideal training partn...
Joseph Hannan
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Growing Your Gym’s Community Outside of Class

By building your gym’s culture and group’s camaraderie, you will see your training partners in a new light. Also you will be opening doors for someone who might be more reticent than you. It’s a win-win.
Nick C
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